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Home fronts : Britain and the empire at war, 1939-45 / edited by Mark J. Crowley and Sandra Trudgen Dawson.

Publication:
Rochester, NY : Boydell Press, 2017.
Format/Description:
Book
xvii, 259 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Subjects:
World War, 1939-1945 -- Social aspects -- Great Britain.
Civilians in war -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Social aspects -- Commonwealth countries.
Civilians in war -- Commonwealth countries -- History -- 20th century.
Summary:
There is increasing interest in the "home front" during the Second World War, including issues such as how people coped with rationing, how women worked to contribute to the war effort, and how civilian morale fluctuated over time. Most studies on this subject are confined to Britain, or to a single other colonial territory, neglecting the fact that Britain controlled a large Empire and that there were numerous "home fronts", each of which contributed greatly to the war effort but each in slightly different ways. This book considers "home fronts" from an overall imperial perspective and in a broad array of territories - Australia, Canada, India, South Africa and New Zealand as well as Britain. It examines many aspects of wartime life - food, communications, bombing, volunteering, internment and more, and discusses important themes including identity, gender, inequality, and the relationship between civilians and the state. Besides case studies outlining the detail of the situation in different territories and in different areas of life, the book assesses "home fronts" across the Empire in a comprehensive way, setting the case studies in their wider context, and placing the subject in, and advancing, the historiography.
Contents:
Introduction: Home fronts and the empire at war / Mark J. Crowley and Sandra Trudgen Dawson
Part 1: Consumption on the home front. British restaurants and the gender politics of the wartime midday meal / Nadja Durbach ; A nutritional economy : the calorie, development and war in mandate Palestine / Sherene Seikaly ; Rubber shortages on Britain's home front / Sandra Trudgen Dawson ; Nation-building and nationalism in Bengali children's literature during the 1940s and 1950s / Nupur Chaudhuri
Part 2: The militarized home front. 'Young blood' and 'the blackout' : love, sex and marriage on the South African home front / Jean P. Smith ; Ceylon's home front during the Second World War / Ashley Jackson ; Nyanza at war : Kenya and the mobilization of Britain's Colonial Empire / Andrew Stewart ; 'Fighting in their ways'? The civilian man in British culture, 1939-1945 / Linsey Robb
Part 3: Technology, danger and waste on the home front. "The Royal Mail will always get through' : maintaining communications on the home and military front during the Second World War / Mark J. Crowley ; 'National necessity' and 'Patriotic duty' : railway publicity in World War II India / Ritika Prasad ; Removing danger : the making of 'dangerous internees' in Australia / Christine Winter ; Bombs and recycling drives : the double threat to books and documents in wartime Britain / Peter Thorsheim.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 242-257) and index.
Contributor:
Crowley, Mark J.
Dawson, Sandra Trudgen.
ISBN:
1783272252
9781783272259
OCLC:
969422370
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